Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

NKorea vows to retaliate over US ransomware accusation

NKorea vows to retaliate over US ransomware accusation

"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we're serious", a former USA security official told The Telegraph.

As cyberattacks take aim at larger targets and higher ransoms, and with the price of bitcoin spiking, CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz said there's "absolutely" reason to believe North Korea has an appreciating pile of bitcoin to fund future attacks.

After months of tension between the U.S. and North Korea, a new report states the Trump administration is mulling a strike against North Korea to give Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un a "bloody nose".

"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose - get their attention and show that we're serious", one source was quoted as saying. "North Korea, however, says the Hwasong-15 could reach mainland U.S. carrying a 'super-large heavy warhead'".

After months of resolutely declaring that it can not and will not tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea, the United States is reportedly planning a "bloody nose" attack to send Pyongyang a message.

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The WannaCry ransomware attack was a massive infiltration of over 300 thousand computers all around the globe.

These include destroying a launch site before it can be used for a new missile test.

The missile launch defied worldwide sanctions on the country led by dictator Kim Jong Un, and it drew ire across the globe, as this was the highest missile North Korea has ever launched - reaching almost 2,800 miles at its highest.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recently said that although North Korea's last ballistic missile test demonstrated a very long range, he's not convinced the entire missile system works yet. Britain's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has also reportedly attributed WannaCry to North Korea, as well.

North Korea denied involvement when links between the country and the attack were first brought up in May.

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